4.22.2015

I BET YOU THOUGHT I WAS GONE FOR GOOD

I realize I fell off the blogging wagon.  Here's the reason why......

Around 5:00 a.m. on December 1, 2014, after just returning home from celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, the phone rang.  When the phone rings at 5:00 a.m., it's never good.  My husband answered the phone and I immediately sat straight up in bed.  He said, "it's your sister" and he handed me the phone.  She proceeded to tell me, in a fairly calm manner, that my mom had fallen down a flight of stairs at home and she was in the emergency room.  She didn't have much more information and told me she would call me back soon.  I didn't panic at first, because my sister didn't seem to be panicking.  About five minutes later, she called back, this time, with panic in her voice, she told me that our mom had stopped breathing briefly and they were going to life flight her to a bigger hospital 45 minutes away.  I jumped up, stuffed a few random things in a bag and called my dear friend, Lisa.  Through tears, I explained to her what had happened and asked her to come over and make the 3.5 hour drive to the hospital with me.  I didn't know at the time what was going on or what was going to happen to my mom  I wanted my husband to stay home with the kids in case they needed him.  Lisa, being the amazing friend she is, didn't even hesitate. She threw on some clothes and was at my house within 10 minutes.

During the long drive, my sister called with updates.  My mom had been transported to a larger hospital, she had a breathing tube in and was unconscious in the ICU. We made it to the hospital in record time.  When I first saw my mom, lying in that bed, unconscious, hooked up to all kinds of machines and tubes, I lost it.  I was not at all prepared to see her like that.  For the next three days, she remained unconscious.  The only thing the doctors could tell us is that she sustained a serious brain injury from the fall.  They felt confident that she would eventually come to, but they could not say when.  We kept a constant vigil around my mom.  She has a big family and so does my dad.  Family and friends were there everyday, praying over her.  My sister, my dad and my brother all took turns sleeping in the ICU room with her.  

After three days, she began to come to very slowly.  She first started to move her fingers a little and then she began to mumble a bit.  Over the next few days, she was able to say a few things, most of them not making sense, but the doctors still saw it as progress.  She did not open her eyes for more than a couple seconds at a time during this time.  She was eventually moved to a regular room and slowly made more progress. After about a week, she was transferred to a rehab facility.  She went through intense physical, occupational and speech therapy for three weeks.  She finally came home on New Year's Eve day.

My sister and I spent many days/nights at my parents' home during the months of January and February.  We would each take a shift of a few days at a time.  Back at home, our friends and loved ones were so very generous to pitch in and help with our children, bring our family meals, and offer their love and support.  I was truly amazed by the generosity and kindness that was shown to our family during this time.


My mom has no recollection of the fall, the hospital stay, the rehabilitation or the first couple months of being at home.  Her long term memory is pretty good, but she has trouble with her short term memory.  Physically, she is doing very well.  She is exercising, cooking and socializing with friends and family.  Her vision was affected by the fall and she has not been able to return to work or drive yet.  She was a big golfer and hopes to be able to play again.


When all this happened, my mom was my main concern, of course.  Everything else kind of came to a halt.  We did celebrate Christmas, but it was very bittersweet without my mom there.  I did my best to hold it together for my kids' sake, but caring for my mom and helping out my dad really took a toll on all of us.  Homework sometimes didn't get completed, laundry piled up, and we had cereal for dinner on many nights.  Thankfully we all survived and and my mom is on the mend.

Over the past couple of months, I have gotten back in to my old routines at home - constantly chauffeuring children around town, volunteering at school and squeezing in some design work.
As a matter of fact, before my mom's accident, I managed to tackle some big projects around the house too.  I do so enjoy decorating my own home and helping others make their homes beautiful.
Soon, various projects that have been taking up a good amount of my time will be coming to and end and I am making a commitment to work more.  With summer right around the corner, e-designs are going to be keeping me busy.  I promise to be back soon to share some progress shots from around here, several designs I have worked on recently and an e-design special offer.

I can't tell you how appreciative I am for all the emails I received inquiring about my mom or just simply checking in.  They meant a lot to me. This blog has been such a great outlet for me over the past few years.  I'm just not ready to give up on it.

11.17.2014

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

I am not normally one to rush into Christmas.  
Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday and I like to give it its due respect.  
However, this year, with the first big snowfall coming on November 17th (YIKES!), 
I might be able to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier.


Especially since I am, once again, joining the Twelve Days of Christmas Tour of Homes 
with these fabulous bloggers.......


It all starts on December 1st.  Being a slacker, I requested to be the last one on the tour.  
On December 16th, we hope you will all link up your Holiday Home Tour. 

Before I go digging through Christmas decor and dragging out the mistletoe, 
I had better locate all the snow gear.  Looks like we're going to be needing plenty of it this year. 

11.13.2014

EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE AND ROOM DESIGN BOARD GIVEAWAY

I am excited to offer a giveaway from Everything But The House
one of my go to shopping sites for myself and for clients. 

I have bought quite a few things from Everything But The House
including this, this, thesethese and these
Once you set up an account with EBTH, you can easily follow items you are interested in.
Here are a few things I am currently following. 


Here are a few of my favorites that that have sold recently. 


Now, for the fun part.  In addition to a $30 credit to Everything But The House
I am offering a free room design board, using an item you choose from Everything But the House. 

Here is an example of a master bedroom design I recently completed.
I donated a one hour consultation and a free room design board to a silent auction for a local charity.
After meeting with the homeowners and getting a sense of their style, needs and wants, 
this is what I came up with.




You can enter the giveaway here.....

11.12.2014

EVERYTHING BUT THE HOUSE & AN OFFICE MAKEOVER

A few months back, one of my favorite shopping sites, 
Everything But The House, reached out to me about working together.  
I have been buying from this online estate sale site for a couple of years now.  
So naturally, I jumped at the chance to partner with them.
They generously offered me a credit toward any item that was currently listed. 

I finally settled on these four Visual Comfort sconces. 
You can buy brand new ones here
I ended up paying less for all four than the price of one new sconce.
I do wish they were the Hand Rubbed Antique Brass finish.
Dare I break out the rub n' buff?  Maybe I'll do a little  test spot on the back to see how it looks.


As soon as I saw them, I began scheming an office/den makeover. 

Ever since I came across this image on Pinterest, I have become obsessed with this look. 
The gorgeous den designed by Meredith Heron is perfect in every way, 
right down to the sweet little dog pictured. 



This is the current state of the office/den.
(Well, sort of, it's not nearly this neat right now and I have switched out the desk chair)


An electrician is coming tomorrow to take out the recessed lights and install three of the visual comfort sconces at the top of the built-ins, just below where the recessed lights are now.

Just for fun, here is what the office looked like just before we closed on the house. 


The cabinets are getting a coat of hi-gloss BM Lead Gray 
(the same color used in Merideth Heron's den).
The crown molding, baseboards, and window moldings are also getting a coat of lead gray.
The walls will get a flat finish of the same color. 
I am hoping to get rid of the "shutter doors" on the base cabinets 
and have something more simple made.

I have been on the hunt for a new rug for this space. 
Right now, I have a 5x8 rug in here.  I am looking for something a little larger.

The paint should be here tomorrow and I'll be getting started this weekend. 
I am looking forward to having some progress shots to show you next week. 
Be sure to check back tomorrow for a fun giveaway from Everything But The House.   

10.21.2014

FAMILY ROOM CHANGES

  I mentioned last week in this post, that I did a little rug rearranging around here. 
Let me introduce you to the newest addition to the family room.....


Oh, and I forgot to mention that I had the family room 
(+ the kitchen, dining room and foyer) repainted.  
The family room is now BM Seashell.  
I was craving a more neutral feel.
I switched out the colorful drapes for something a little more simple. 
I just cut a drop cloth in half, hemmed them with hem tape and clipped them up with rings. 
They work fine for now.


I'm itching to add some more navy to the room.  I have my eye on a few pillows from etsy.


I love the rich, vibrant colors in this rug.  It looks red and a tad purple in these photos, 
but it is definitely more of a burnt orange and navy.


I removed the skirted slipcover from the ottoman. 
The cream fabric that was underneath won't be safe for long.  
I'll have to come up with Plan "B" soon. 
I'd love to add an old wooden trunk as a coffee table, but the kids (and Willee) 
love using the ottoman as extra seating.






I added a bit more green back into the room also.  Every room needs a little green.


The new 9x12 size works much better than the previous 8x10 West Elm rug that was in here. 
This rug screams cozy to me.  While I'm definitely not looking forward to winter, 
I can't way to get a fire going and curl up on the couch with a good book. 


I got the rug from nycrugs on ebay.  This was my first time buying from this seller.  
The rug was a fair price and shipped quickly.
It was listed as new with tags.  I noticed a small stain on it once we unwrapped and unrolled it.  
I emailed the seller right away and sent a pictures.
It wasn't a big enough deal to pack it up and send it back. 
They ended up crediting me $100.

The other ebay seller I have bought from several times is newyorkruggallery.
I know buying a large rug, sight unseen, is not for everyone.
But so far, I have been very pleased with all my on-line rug purchases.

UPDATE:  I can see comments that are posted on my blog, but they are not coming to my email.  
I have tried everything I can to troubleshoot the problem and have gotten nowhere.  
I normally like to respond to comments via email, but for now, I will just reply to the comments. 
Sorry!  I promise I haven't been ignoring you if you commented. 

10.16.2014

CLEARING HOUSE

It is about time to do another clear out around here.  
I had a big tag sale back in the winter and it sure felt good to get rid 
of some of the things I'd been hoarding hanging on to.

I have a few more things I need to part with.

What do you know, I've changed my mind once again about a rug in our home.  
I know, you're shocked!

I decided that the West Elm Jute Chenille Rug 
(which I still love) was a tad too small for the family room.

I started my rug hunt back in the summer.  Nothing was really jumping out at me. 
9x12 rugs aren't necessarily easy to find.
I finally settled on a traditional rug I found on Ebay.
A post about it coming up next week.

The West Elm rug moved to "The Nook" off the kitchen.  Its perfect there. 
That leaves me with one extra rug.
This one......


Here's a better picture of it (when "The Nook" was the dining room).


It is approximately 8.5' x 10.5'.  
Price: $150 - SOLD
  Local pick-up only.

Once I did the rug rearranging, I needed to do some window treatment rearranging.
You know how it goes, you give a mouse a cookie......

I ended up taking down the drapes I had in the family room. 
They were made using this Latika Festival Fabric.
I will show you what I temporarily replaced them with next week.


I have a set of two dummy panels.  They are approximate 20" wide x 96" long.
They are pinch pleated and include drapery pins.
Price: $100/pair + shipping - SOLD

I also have three (3) double rolls of Schumacher grass cloth wallpaper. 
It's a coral/orange color and it's gorgeous.  
I had plans to use it in our office/den, but I decided to go a different direction.
I am having a hart time parting with it.

Price: $40/double roll or $100 for all three (3) + shipping



Lastly, I have six Ballard Herringbone Burlap Panels for sale.


Four of them are 96" in length and the other two are 108" in length.
They are new and still in the package. 
These were going to be used in a client project and we changed our minds.
They retail for $99 (96") and $119 (108")
Price: $50/panel + shipping 

Please let me know if you are interested in any of these items.
You can contact me here.
If sold, I will update this post.



10.14.2014

OUT AND ABOUT

Lately my days have been filled with design work and PTO duties. 
All work and no play is makes for a long week. 
So I usually try to make time for lunch with a friend or a little window shopping.

A couple weeks ago, I got lucky and went to lunch two days in a row with two good friends. 
After lunch, we stopped in a a few of our favorite spots. 

Homegoods is always full of fun surprises. I only stop in there about once a month.
I love that their inventory is always fresh.





Another place I love to pop into from time to time is Tuesday Morning. 
You never know what you might find.  
On this particular day, the rug selection was great. 



My favorite place to window shop is High Street Market.
I love just about everything in the store.
They just expanded and now carry a nice selection of furniture upstairs.


 Do these look familiar?  
They are framed pages from this book.  
I have a few framed in my home. 
I bought the book at Quince and Quinn (another of my favorite window shopping spots).
These were $89 each at High Street Market. 


They had quite a few needlepoints to choose from.  I am a sucker for a good needlepoint.


Their pillow selection is amazing.  
Speaking from experience, if your kids wipe their dirty hands on your pillows, 
a $200 pillow is not a good idea. 



This table stopped me in my tracks.  



This burled wood quarter foil side table got my attention too. 


These restoration hardware looking metal and glass cabinets 
would make great display cases for a collection.


Clearly I had coffee tables on my radar that day. 


This brass number was my favorite.  Looks pretty indestructible too.  
A requirement for a coffee table in our home.